Press
Release
City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317

10/22/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #20413
Subject :

Fullerton Museum Presents “The Art of Seating”
Contact :Fullerton Museum Center    (714) 738-6545
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, Ca - The Fullerton Museum Center is pleased to announce The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, from October 26 through December 31, 2013.  

The Art of Seating provides audiences with a unique opportunity to see chair types that usually reside in private homes, withheld from public display. The American Chair Collection, the center of this exhibition, is an amazing and comprehensive private collection of iconic and historic chairs reaching back from the mid-1800s to pieces from today's studio movement. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see readily recognizable pieces alongside those rarely seen by the public. 

An Opening Reception which will include live entertainment, refreshments, a curator's talk and more is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Museum. Admission is free for members of the Fullerton Museum Center, and $10 for the general public.  Tickets will also include admission to the exhibit. 

Most chairs encountered throughout the day define themselves fairly simply—a place at the family table, a comfortable spot with a great view of the river, a seat of corporate power. When looking at the 43 chairs selected for The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, however, there is much more to see than simple pieces of furniture. These works of art have compelling stories to tell about our national history, the evolution of American design and incredible artistry and craftsmanship. 

Curated by Ben Thompson, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, The Art of Seating takes the viewer into the design studio through patent drawings, documented upholstery, artist renderings and multimedia presentations. Selections from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art offer a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, the Herter Brothers, the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry and others waiting to be discovered. The exhibition also features contemporary and historic designs by some of the biggest manufacturers such as Knoll, Herman Miller and Steelcase.

Perhaps the most illustrious piece of history in this collection is that of the House of Representatives Chamber Arm Chair from 1857. Designed by Thomas U. Walter, Architect of the Capitol from 1851 to 1865, the House of Representatives chairs were created to be used in the halls of Congress and were showcased in portraits of political leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. A later design by David Wolcott Kendall, deemed by his peers as "The Dean of American Furniture Design," was presented to William McKinley during his term in the White House and has become known as the “McKinley” arm chair.

“The Art of Seating” is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.”

Reservations and further information may be obtained by calling the Fullerton Museum Center at (714) 738-6545. 

The museum is located at 301 N. Pomona Ave., east of Harbor Blvd., in downtown Fullerton.  Hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday, and noon – 8 p.m. Thursday. 
 
Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the October 26 reception or to view the exhibit are asked to notify the museum staff prior to coming to the museum.


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